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May 7, 2014

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According to Wikipedia…

“The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, oblique angle or German angle, is a type of camera shot where the camera is tilted off to one side so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame.

In cinematography, the Dutch angle is one of many cinematic techniques often used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed. Many Dutch angles are static shots, but in a moving Dutch angle shot the camera can pivot, pan or track along the established diagonal axis for the shot.[1] A Dutch angle differs from a high-angle shot and low-angle shot in that those refer to placement of the camera in height relative to the subject, which for human subjects is mostly defined by a person’s eye-line. A special type of Dutch angle is the Bavarian angle, where the angle is changed by 90° from the common angle where horizontal lines become vertical.[citation needed] A further variation to this, the so-called Luxembourg angle, adds a further 90° to the “Bavarian angle”, resulting in an inverted image.

In static photography, a jaunty angle can add a new variance to otherwise vertical/horizontal framing. Obtuse and acute angles can be added to dull pictures by means of tilting the camera prior to use. This effect can make a picture appear on a slope bringing to it a feeling of creativity and making the whole aesthetic more attractive. The term ‘jaunty’ was popularized by use with hats being placed at an inclined angle and this term has been adopted in the early 21st century by those using their camera on a similar incline.”

The two techniques that we will talk about were used in a short that I recently released.  You can view it here.

The first shot we will talk about is a dutch angle dolly. Adding a dutch angle to your dolly creates a very dramatic perspective change for the viewers. The second shot we will demonstrate is an angled dolly.

For all you gear-heads here’s a list of equipment used in the video:

Manfrotto 501 tripod (discontinued)
Additional Manfrotto head
Cinevate Atlas 10 slider
Canon 5D mk3 – 24-105mm
Lowel light stands

Here’s a great video via Premiumbeat:


As you can see a slider or camera dolly, coupled with these techniques, will add drama and help convey emotion in your story.

What other cool camera moves can you accomplish with these techniques? Do you have any tips or tricks to create Awesome Cinematography? Let us know in the comments below.

Full blog post here: bit.ly/16T3aFu

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